Peggy C Riley

March 15, 2020


Peggy C. Riley, 91, of Clearwater Florida, daughter of the late Joseph Finley and Pearl Ann Riley went home to be with her Lord on March 15, 2020. She was preceded in death by her two children,  Melanie Merkle and Jimmy Morgan, both of Clearwater; brothers,  Ray Riley of Austin, Minnesota, Bobby Riley of Cincinnati, Ohio, Bill Riley and Finley Riley, both of Tampa; sisters, Dolores Mossor of Bethel Ohio and Joyce Bono of Clearwater. Peggy is survived by her granddaughter, Amanda Singleton  and great granddaughter, Journey Love Singleton both of Jensen Beach, Florida; grandson, Jason Merkle of Clearwater; great-granddaughter, Makayla Merkle of New Port Richey;  brother Eddie Riley of Tampa and a sister, Patricia Cann of Hamilton, Ohio. Her entire family grew up in Cincinnati, Peggy moved to Clearwater in 1985. A graveside service will be held for the family at Sylvan Abbey Memorial Park in Clearwater. Peggy also leaves many family downline descendants and great friends. Peggy spent half her life in Cincinnati and the last half in Clearwater as a nurses aide, which she loved. Peggy and her daughter Melanie, granddaughter Amanda and great granddaughter Journey Love were no strangers to hardship!  The same could be said of her son Jimmy Morgan, and grandson Jason Merkle. The last decade of Peggy’s life she suffered an awful lot with several health issues.  She had a very rare foot disease (Charcot Foot) which caused bone deformity in her foot, which led to many infections and foot amputation.  She suffered many years with this condition. She was bedridden the last few years of her life. This was very hard to cope with because she had such great zeal for life.  She faced her troubles with great faith and came to peace with her challenges because she knew God was with her.  Her toughest challenges were the loss of her son Jimmy Morgan and her daughter Melanie Merkle. Melanie gave Peggy a handsome grandson Jason Merkle. She loved Jason as she did her entire family. Melanie also gave birth to a beautiful granddaughter, Amanda Singleton, and Amanda gave Peggy a beautiful great-granddaughter Journey Love. Peggy adored them. Peggy put her family first and was always there to help them!  Peggy loved people and she never met a stranger. She had  a great sense of humor, she loved to tell jokes. She loved to help needed people. She loved cats, she once had 13 cats that she mothered. She loved to dance as a young women in Cincinnati and she was a  store clerk. Later on in life, her love for older people took her into nursing home nurses aid work , first in Ohio then in Florida. She worked as long as she could until her foot disease forced into retirement.  She worked a lot of double shifts to care for those who needed her services. She drew close to her patients and took it very hard when they passed on. Peggy lived the last years of her life at Kensington Gardens formerly Comprehensive Skilled Nursing of Clearwater. The same nursing home that her daughter Melanie worked at, and lived at her last couple of years. Melanie was also a nurses aid there.  We love you Peggy and miss you very much. May your body rest in peace until the resurrection, and your soul rejoice in heaven until we are reunited with you and share your splendor.  Special thanks to Comprehensive/Kensington Gardens Skilled Nursing of Clearwater, Suncoast Pace of Pinellas Park Medical and Social Teams, for you gave family and friends extra years to spend with our beloved Peggy Riley.


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